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Past Medical History Of Prophyria
VERY VERY IMPORTANT: Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation. I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DNA+: You are a genetic product of two lines of genetics. Some diseases exhibit themselves probably when exposed to certain "carcinogens" in our everyday environment. We really don't know what does turn certain cancers on, in some ways our own body kills off cancer cells regularly, sometimes this system fails; these cancer cells continue to multiply. I try to discover through the history possiblity ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pretty far: It can extend as far back as there was someone around to keep records and document it. ...Read more
Need more info.: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, a monocyte count of 9.2 is by itself not a cause for concern. If you do not have any symptoms, do not chase lab test results. ...Read more
My 18 year old doesn't want to meet his half siblings but I want more medical history on him. Who has the rights?
Both: Your child is an adult and has the same right to choose whether or not to meet his siblings as you do. Neither of you needs the others permission. ...Read more
How far back should I trace my families medical history to know if i'm predisposed to common hereditary disorders?
Immediate family: Autosomal dominants (polycystic kidneys, lynch's, brca, some of the other tumor syndromes) affect mom or dad; if an uncle / aunt or grandparent has something suggestive, maybe you have it -- and an extra screening need. If a sib has an autosomal recessive / x-linked problem, you probably already know about you. Beyond this -- stop obsessing. You've got your genes already. Live your life. Cheers. ...Read more
31 white female. No previous medical history of any disease. What are my chances of lymphoma and what are some early symtpoms?
If you change medical centres will the new doctors already have access to your medical history and records? Or is there confidentiality?
Confidential: If they are part of the same group and on an electronic medical record, they probably have access to your old records. If it is an entirely different group, you have to sign a records release for the new doctor to get your old records. ...Read more
Narrows the field: Providing a current thorough health (and family) history is one of the most important things a person can do, whether speaking to a doctor, updating a form or completing a phr on a site or app. Why? Knowing medications, conditions that are most relevant helps a doctor do more selective testing and imaging, especially in case of something like syncope/fainting/dizziness that can save time and money. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always: 1/3 of infertility stems from "male factor." red flags in a man's history include mumps, fevers or a job environment with heat to the scrotum. Marijuana use lowers sperm count. However, men may be born with no vas deferens and not be making sperm but ejaculating with what looks normal. ...Read more
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